April 27, 2023

Poetry Week Morning Interview (4-27-2023)

by Chompers

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Today our friend Jasmine is talking to poet Mahogany L. Browne! 

Where to Listen


>> Rachel: Good morning, it's time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. 

Today our friend Jasmine is here with a special interview. Jasmine, take it away.

>> Jasmine: Thanks!

>> Rachel: Start brushing on the top of your mouth on one side, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 brush!

>> Jasmine: It’s Poetry Week. So we went to talk to someone who writes poetry. A poet. 

Mahogany: My name is Mahogany L. Browne. 

>> Jasmine: What does a poet do? 

>> Mahogany: Being a poet means your job is to write down your feelings and explain them to the people. Being a poet means you observe things around you and write it down and share it with the world. 

>> Jasmine: I love that. And why did you choose to write poetry? 

>> Mahogany: I think poetry because there are no rules to poetry. There isn't any one way to make a poem. And so I get to be my most honest self even if I'm afraid even if I'm just happy, even if I feel silly. I get to really dig out the different parts of who I am and who I want to become. I get to have dreams and I get to overcome fear. 

>> Jasmine: Where can you find poetry? Is it only poetry only written down?

>> Mahogany: Its not just written down. Poetry is in long form like a long book. It can be a chant,  like you hear at a game. It can be At the store. At the gas station. At chruch. Poetry is everywhere. 

>> Jasmine: What's your favorite poem? Like if you were trapped on a desert island you can only ever listen to one poem for the rest of your life, that's the one point you got, what poem would you take with you? 

>> Mahogany: Jeez! "These Hips" 

>> Jasmine: by Lucile Clifton

>> Mahogany: (yeah)by Lucile Clifton. It's short and sweet she celebrates her body.

>> Jasmine: What does it say? (OR Can you tell us a few lines?)

Mahogany: "These hips. They don't like to be held back. They go where they want to go. They do what they want to do." 

>> Jasmine: You’re all done brushing for this morning. Now you’re hips can go wherever they want to go. Mahogany Browne will be back tonight to talk more about poetry! Until then, 

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1, spit!